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Faith That Gets You There

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on June 4, 2022

So, which will it be: giving in to obstacles that block the way for you, or will it be your overcoming faith that sees you through and gets you where you ought to be - WITH JESUS, and the blessing? Faith, biblical faith is a most important LIVING asset in the life of a believer, and that life of faith is not without challenges, trials, hardships, and setbacks. How about a SET FORWARD living faith that includes a death-defying blow and an obstinate NO to the obstacles found in the way? If interested in the graduate Christianity of hard knocks, here’s the real story of REAL FAITH: The Palsied Man Borne of Four (Mark 2:1-12). “And they come unto him (Jesus), bringing the sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof, where he was, and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay” (vs. 3-4). That, my friend, was exactly the faith that Jesus honored that day; he stopped what he was doing in his preaching and teaching ministry, and did some reaching to ONE REACHING OUT to him. Imagine an invalid who could not get there on his own, and had convincing faith to recruit others with like faith to get him to Jesus. What a payoff of faith alive was given to those so determined that day: “When Jesus saw THEIR faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (v. 5). Then, to address “the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts” he said, “Arise, and take up thy bed and walk” (vs. 6, 9). So, what will it be? Will it be an idle “sitting there” with reason’s inactivity, or faith that gets us there in spite of difficulty, then to be blessed of the Lord?

Do you desire the Lord’s interaction and “payoff” for your faith alive, amidst your life challenges? If so, tear into the roof of your obstacles, and determine to get to Jesus whenever, wherever, and however, You see, the Lord is sovereign, he rules OVERALL, even when there is no open door. Here’s the blessing: the Lord knows your challenges, those hindrances, trials and testings; so, remember this: He is the One who can create and then open a door of his choosing. But, are we willing to take the “growth step” of faith in allowing him to place us in complete dependence on him. Let’s take a personal inventory, is there “that certain something” that is contributing to, or hindering my access to Jesus; is there an obstacle amidst my palsied, disabled, and helpless condition? Oh, make that condition the very reason to get to HIM; because when you get to Jesus, things change in a moment. If there are any questions on that spiritual truth, then ask the palsied man, or the four that brought him to the ONE who changes lives. That roof which that the palsied man went through was occluded with tile, tar, and massive layers of dirt and grime, but faith made its penetration to make an opening to see the ONE who had already made the initial difference for their faith challenge that day. That active, now obstacle free faith brought them to see HIM FIRST, with their faith honored, sins forgiven, and a body healed. Oh, possess and be active with the faith that gets you there TO HIM; tear into and penetrate that grimy roof of obstacles. You see, the faith that Jesus gives sees HIM ahead of time, faith so clear, shining beyond the darkness of difficulty, and giving you faith to get you there, in spite of it all.